Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Northwest Arkansas
Bikes: Felt Z100 road bike and Schwinn Frontier
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Considering New Bike...Gearing? Flat Bars?
I've signed up for Ragbrai, thinking I may need to look at a new bike. I'm about 220 lbs, and 52 y/o.
I have Schwinn Frontier mt bike, about 15 years old, and a Bianchi Strada LX road bike, probably 20 years or so old.
I feel more comfortable on my mt bike, like the upright position, easier on my back. Road bike rolls nicely, seems comfortable, but I seem to have more pains after a long ride on the road bike.
Saturday, I did a 65 mile ride on the mt bike. Fairly wiped out afterwards.
Just wondering if most heavier bikers find a more upright riding position more comfortable, and if they need lower geared bikes.
I've been looking at the Giant fcr series. Not done a test ride yet, but I think I'd like the flat bars on a road frame. Living in NW Arkansas, I need low gearing. I've seen cassettes for 8 or 9 speeds that will go to 11-34.
Just wondering if heavier cyclist go for flat bars and low gearing.